Reading of The Chalky Sea

Reading of The Chalky Sea

I was invited to give a talk, a reading, and a Q&A for The Chalky Sea at The Hawthorns in Eastbourne. I was a little nervous as they had taken out a half-page ad in the local paper and had kindly laid on tea and cakes for all. There was a good crowd who asked lots...
Remembering the war after seventy years

Remembering the war after seventy years

Back in 2010, the anniversary of the Blitz, I recorded my elderly mother on video talking about her memories of wartime. Mum had dementia but was still relatively lucid then – she died in early 2016, by which time she was lost deep in a fog. Publishing my new book The...
Publication Day!

Publication Day!

I’m very happy that today is publication day for The Chalky Sea – and by a happy coincidence also Canada Day – and the 150th anniversary at that. As the book is partly set in Ontario and has several Canadian characters that is good news indeed!

AUTHOR INTERVIEW – JEAN GILL

AUTHOR INTERVIEW – JEAN GILL

I’m delighted to welcome Jean Gill to the blog today. I met Jean in person at the Historical Novel Society Conference in Oxford last year – as is often the case we had crossed paths online and I recognised her face. Jean is a multi-talented individual, combining...
A VISIT TO STANDEN

A VISIT TO STANDEN

I spent a very interesting morning exploring Standen and its grounds this week. The house, just outside East Grinstead, was built for the Beale family between 1891 and 1894 by the renowned Arts and Crafts architect Philip Webb. James Beale was a prosperous London...
THE BUTTON MAKER’S DAUGHTER

THE BUTTON MAKER’S DAUGHTER

I’m delighted to have Merryn Allingham as my guest on the blog this week. Merryn is the very popular author of the Daisy’s War trilogy of books set in India and London in the 1930s and 40s. Her latest books explore two pivotal moments in the history of...

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